No one will be banned from the Super League in 2020 and Championship and League One will not resume due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic … with news announced just hours after Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the league
- Rugby Football League states that there will be no Super League relegation
- They also said that the championships and League 1 campaigns will not be resumed
- The news comes shortly after Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the competition
The 2020 Super League season will see no relegation and this year’s Championship and League 1 campaigns will not be resumed, the Rugby Football League has announced.
Second and third tier clubs are invited to enter a contest with a prize pool of £ 250,000 this fall.
The decisions were announced on Monday evening after a meeting of the board of the RFL.
The Rugby Football League has announced that there will be no relegation from the Super League
Also discussed was the withdrawal of Toronto Wolfpack from the Super League for the remainder of the season, announced earlier today by the club.
A statement from the RFL said: “There will be no demotion of the Betfred Super League with 11 teams in 2020 – for reasons of integrity, player welfare and also to protect club solvency.
The Betfred Championship and League 1 season will not resume in 2020 – this follows the government’s announcement last week identifying October as the first opportunity for the return of crowds in the sport, and the finding of a study under Betfred Championship and League 1 clubs that a majority in any league would not support playing behind closed doors matches.
Again, the issue of protecting the solvency of clubs informed this decision.
The news came just hours after Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the top of the game
‘The Betfred Championship and League 1 clubs are invited to participate in a competition this fall on the theme of celebrating the sport’s 125th anniversary – and with a £ 250,000 prize pool, thanks in part to financial support from the Betfred Super League clubs.
Further details of this competition will follow this week – it is voluntary and there will be a detailed application process where clubs will need to demonstrate compliance with necessary protocols and medical standards.
“There will be no automatic promotion of this competition to the Betfred Super League.”
Regarding the withdrawal of the Toronto Wolfpack, a joint statement by the Super League and the RFL had been released earlier today that expressed their disappointment with the situation.
And Monday evening, the RFL said there would be “further discussions with SLE (Super League Europe), according to today’s statement.”
The Super League season will resume on August 2.